He’s got a point.
House GOP lawmakers told The Hill that they plan to be in town and work every day until the government reopens, suggesting the lower chamber will be active over the weekend.
As for Obama’s role, at least one lawmaker considers the president “non-essential,” telling reporters that Obama should take a planned trip to Asia next week.
Asked whether it was appropriate for Obama to head to Asia if the government remained shutdown, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said, “What do we need him for?”
“I think he’s nonessential personnel myself because if he won’t negotiate, what do we need him for? He wants to golf, let’s be honest,” the California Republican said to a gaggle of reporters on Wednesday.